Plea bargain in June Collard case

Thomas Collard has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his wife, June Collard, who was profiled on the Charley Project and is now in the resolved section. She was missing for thirty years until her body was found last summer. He faces 8 to 25 years in prison — less than the time June lay buried underneath his house. Several plea deals were in fact offered, but Thomas rejected all the previous ones. He is 62 years old. He may very well die in custody. I hope he does. He is a despicable and cowardly person.

Now, what I want to know is where is that woman that kept posting nasty comments on my blog posts about this case, accusing me of making all kinds of factual errors and “bungling” my reporting of the case and “fabricating” details when I wasn’t doing any of those things? One of the things she yelled at me about was my saying I figured a plea bargain would probably occur in this case. She said a plea bargain would definitely NOT happen and I should have known that, and I was irresponsible or something if I didn’t know that.

Where are you now and what do you have to say for yourself? *offers crow drumstick*

Okay, so it’s a little immature of me. Must be the 30 mg of morphine I consumed a few hours ago.

June Collard identified

Earlier I wrote that Thomas Collard, whose wife June had been missing from upstate New York since 1980, had been charged with her murder. A few weeks ago, Thomas lead the police to a body buried on his former property in New York. To no one’s surprise, DNA testing confirmed that the remains were June’s. Presumably a plea agreement will follow.

Husband charged in 30-year disappearance of wife

Thomas Collard, who was married to June Collard who went missing in 1980, has been charged with second-degree murder in her case. At the time, Thomas said June had run off with another man. Earlier this week he finally confessed to causing her death. He said he hit June during an argument and she fell, struck her head on something and died. Apparently a lot of people have suspected something like this. The Collards’ oldest middle daughter, Tammy, said she repeatedly confronted her father and demanded that he tell the truth, but he always denied everything.

Kudos to the New York police for their persistence in investigating this very old case and bringing closure to June’s children and the rest of her family.

Articles:
The Press Republican
The Empire State News
The Post Star
The Post Star again
The North County Gazette
The Birmingham News
The Albany Times Union